Russ Krachun was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine. It was his parents that first noticed Russ true passion and desire of horses. It began as a child, while visiting his Uncle Colin s farm who worked with horses as a forest ranger. It was love at first sight! It was here that he experienced his first smell of the horse and riding bareback. His uncle also shared stories of his ancestors, the Cossacks about how they rode their horses in battle with their swords. These childhood memories influenced Russ as an adolescent to the sport of fencing. For nine years with strong dedication and developing his athletic abilities he became a professional sabre fencer and awarded as the reserve junior champion of the whole of Ukraine. Many life lessons and skills were developed during these years.
As an adult Russ followed his dreams and immigrated to Canada to build a life with his family and to develop his horsemanship. Russ never lost his love or desire to communicate with the horse and as he studied about horsemanship he then decided to follow his heart and develop his own horsemanship using his philosophy and his methodology from the lessons and skills developed from his own life. His teachings make perfect sense to both horse and human, and help to bring a mutual understanding through cooperation, confidence, respect and trust. These results enable the horse to perform manoeuvers and tasks asked from them without causing aggression, discomfort and abuse.
Russ philosophy and methodology has built him recognition throughout his clinics, seminars, lessons and training challenges. The welfare of the horse is evident throughout every aspect of his horsemanship. The Russ Krachun Kozak Horsemanship program is truly an education, and is what many say is the missing link of developing ultimate communication with our horses. Kozak Horsemanship uses philosophy and methodology that develops a two way communication between the horse and the human without using or causing aggression.